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UNITED STATES

Veteran held hostage

A New York man is accused of holding an 81-year-old Marine Corps veteran hostage in a motel for at least four years to steal his benefits checks. Perry Coniglio, 43, was arrested on Tuesday in his room adjoining the victim’s at a motel in Highlands, New York. The motel is next door to the Hudson Valley town’s police station. Police said Coniglio used brute force and intimidation to get the veteran, who received three checks every month, to cooperate with him. The victim has been taken to a hospital for evaluation. Coniglio was being held in jail on Thursday.

UNITED STATES

New York celebrates Mozart

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is celebrating Mozart with special performances at three subway stations. Yesterday’s performances were to start at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ annual Mostly Mozart Festival. Performances at Fulton Center could be viewed on Facebook Live via Lincoln Center’s Facebook page. The Mostly Mozart Festival is a series of concerts at the Lincoln Center and other New York City venues.

UNITED STATES

Medics charged over selfies

Authorities said two paramedics engaged in a “selfie war” by taking pictures with incapacitated patients. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in Florida said in a news release that Kayla Renee Dubois, 24, was arrested on Thursday, and charged with two counts of interception and disclosure of oral communications. Authorities have issued arrest warrants for Christopher Wimmer, 33, on seven counts of the same charge. The release said Wimmer also faces a misdemeanor battery charge for holding open the eyelid of a sedated patient. It said the selfies included 41 patients, three of whom apparently agreed to the photographs.

UNITED STATES

Dark matter remains elusive

Scientists have come up empty-handed in their latest effort to find dark matter — stuff that is theorized to hold galaxies together. For three years scientists have been looking for dark matter nearly 1.6km underground in a former gold mine in South Dakota. They announced on Thursday that despite sensitive equipment working better than expected, they could not find the invisible particles that the Big Bang theory says makes up four-fifths of the universe’s matter. The US$10 million mine project, called the Large Underground Xenon experiment, was one of three places looking for dark matter, along with the International Space Station and Europe’s Large Hadron Collider.

HONG KONG

‘Triad boss’ arrested

An alleged triad boss known as “Shanghai Boy” has been arrested after arriving at Hong Kong International Airport from Thailand, months after he made headlines for being punched in the face at the territory’s most famous luxury hotel. Kwok Wing-hung (郭永鴻) was detained on Thursday night for “conspiracy to commit criminal intimidation, conspiracy to wound with intent and conspiracy to blackmail,” police said in a statement yesterday. Famed for his ever-present 1970s-style sunglasses and swept-forward bowl haircut, Kwok, 58, had dropped off the radar for seven months, local media said. He had been put on a police wanted list and was arrested at the airport by officers from the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau, the South China Morning Post reported.

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